Faith Column: Your calling for Christ in your life

By Matthew 22:5, “But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, and another to his business.”

Faith Column: Final stage of the 2nd half of life

In the first article, I wrote on life’s journey, we are born with no knowledge beyond the biological urgings. We must find out who we are. We spend much time in the first half of life filing an empty vessel that God gave us. We fill it with many trappings of life, much of which is meeting the needs of the false self.

Faith Column: Resolutions

Happy New Year! When writing this article, I always ask God to let me know what words and ideas He wants someone in the reading audience to be blessed by. I could not think of any themes this time and nothing came into my mind from Him so I asked my daughter, Faith, what subjects might be good. She suggested talking about New Year’s resolutions.

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Craig's Community Budget Center works with multiple outlets to feed hungry

For the past several months, people seeking to put a bit more food on their plates — and on the plates of family members — have been able to find some help at the Community Budget Center.

Faith Column: Traditions and celebrations of the season

The following quote from Learning to Wait: An Advent Meditation (Richard Beck) sums up many of my thoughts and confusion regarding Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: “…Last year during Advent I noticed a lot of blog posts, Facebook updates and Twitter tweets lamenting people singing Christmas carols during Advent.

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Maria Landa: Building community, bridging the divide

Forty-two-year-old Maria Landa, mother of five, has been looking for her calling, and is beginning to find it through her religious faith and her work with the community of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Faith Column: Believe in Jesus and his gifts

I was shopping for Christmas cards the other day and saw a lot of “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings” cards. The inside of one card said something like, “May the spirit of Christmas be yours throughout the New Year.”

Faith Column: The season of Advent

The season of Advent is upon us, that series of four Sundays prior to Christmas when we prepare for the coming of the Lord on Christmas Day. In our tradition, the first Sunday of Advent is the first day of the new Church year and each of the Sundays in Advent represent certain truths and/or traditions that we celebrate about the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25 of each year.

Faith Column: Why giving thanks matters

1 Peter 1:3 (ESV), “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Faith Column: Pinterest and the gospel

Sometimes we are just plain scared to immerse ourselves in new and different thing for any number of reasons. It doesn’t really matter what it is because we can find justification to avoid trying something new. An illustration of this happened to me recently. My job in a library means that I need to come up with some creative projects to make the library a fun and welcoming place for elementary school students. The problem is that I have no inner artsy self. Nothing.

Faith Column: 'Special needs' adds enjoyment to life

As I began to focus on Thanksgiving and how to convey that feeling in a fresh way to my congregation, I realized that I am thankful today for things that I never dreamed of.

Faith Column: Some assembly required

As a pastor, it is common to hear from Christians the reasons why it is not necessary for them to attend church regularly. I believe many if not most Christians have the wrong concept of the purpose and significance of gathering together.

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Halloween Happenings: Trick-or-treats, ghoulish goodies, family fun

That magical time of year is upon us, and the Craig community plans to make this Halloween a special one for the child in all of us. Whether your costume is homemade or store-bought, whether you feel like a nut or don’t — Mounds and Almond Joy are sure to be well-stocked as well as every other kind of candy, don’t worry! — or if you want a party that’s packed with kids or caters strictly to ages 21 and older, you can find something among the Craig Daily Press’s Halloween Happenings. This weekend has a haunted house, festivals and parties galore, and of course the seasonal traditional of giveaways of all kinds of delectable delights, with the people of Northwest Colorado pitching in to make it both safe and fun for even the smallest witch, vampire or clown. Plan it just right, and you may be able to hit every event on this list!

Faith Column: Serving others with love

The holidays! If you are like me, you live 10 months of the year just waiting for November and December to arrive. Excitement is in the air and love for our neighbors is truly filling our hearts, but so is concern. We are just entering our busiest season here at Love INC and in most of the churches and non-profits agencies, too.

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Halloween Happenings: Fun for all ages leading up to holiday

Whether it’s your first time setting out your own jack-o’-lantern or you’ve got years of experience wearing a mask and collecting goodies along a downtown parade of costumes free of traffic, you’re sure to find something delightful as we get closer to Halloween.